Take a moment to open this time in prayer. Ask God to bless you as you read and reflect on the text.
Read Habakkuk 3: 17 - 18
This text of Habakkuk was written during a time when the economy was agriculturally based. Thus, wealth and prosperity was based on how well ones crops and animals produced. In this text the Prophet Habakkuk is saying that even if he has no wealth at all and no security he will still rejoice in the Lord. The faith of the prophet Habakkuk is to be admired and it is challenging. Would we be able to rejoice if we had no income and no hope of an income? As one preacher recently put it, “is our faith tied up in our possessions?” I think for many people it would be difficult to rejoice in the midst of abject poverty because we have a temporal view of our circumstances. But Habakkuk is advocating that we live life with an eternal view and if we do it would be much easier to always rejoice in the Lord.
Please use the following questions for more reflection.
How would you write verse 17 in today’s words/circumstances?
When do you find it difficult to rejoice in the Lord?
How much of your faith is influenced by your circumstances?
Closing - Use the prayer below to end the devotion or close in prayer in your own words.
Gracious Heavenly Father, we marvel at the faith of Habakkuk. Because we have to confess that often our faith is tied up in our circumstances and we find it much easier to rejoice when all is going well. Lord give us more of an eternal perspective so that we may learn how to rejoice in you and in your goodness despite our comfort. Amen.